2015 RCEYNLA Launched
22 September 2015
Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award
2015 marks the 12th year of the Regional Chair Early Years Niagara Literary Award (RCEYNLA). The award continues to reflect Niagara’s ongoing commitment to quality literature for the early years and is made possible through the support of the biannual Touch a Truck Event, support from the Regional Chair’s office and administrative support from the Niagara Children’s Planning Council.
The award bears the Regional Chair’s name in recognition of this office’s continued support and the work Regional Council does for Niagara’s youngest citizens.
Who: Niagara Regional Council developed the award in 2004. Regional Council had reviewed existing awards for excellence in children’s literature and found that none existed in Canada for infants to age six.
All voting sites, including public libraries and Ontario Early Years Centres, are encouraged to incorporate the short listed titles into their regular children’s programming and to invite their local elected officials to read a story at their centre of branch.
What: This award aims to draw attention to the value of reading with children in their early years when their brains are at peak development and the need for quality books for this age group.
It also recognizes the invaluable role that libraries, Ontario Early Years Centres and child care centres play in supporting Niagara’s families and encouraging early literacy in our community.
Over the past 11 years more than 16,500 votes have been cast both online and at designated voting stations hosted by Ontario Early Years Centres, Parent and Family Literacy Centres, public libraries, child care centres and other sites throughout Niagara. As a result, over 4,600 books have been distributed to places where families gather throughout Niagara.
When: This year’s voting period is from September 14, 2015 to November 14, 2015. Five English books and two French books have been nominated this year and two winning books (one English and one French) will be announced at a Regional Council meeting following the closure of the award’s voting period.
Recorded readings of each book can be viewed on TVCOGECO's Website (posted soon!)
Chooky-Doodle-Doo by Jan Whiten and Sinéad Hanley
Summary: When one big-eyed chick fails to yank its prize worm from the ground, it’s time to bring in a friend – and then another, and another. But if adding a rooster to the crew still doesn’t do the trick, could it be that a worm isn’t always what it seems? Each turn of the page brings a new number and a new rhyme in this delightful debut from both author and illustrator.
Hug Machine by Scott Campbell
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Summary: Who have YOU hugged today? Open your arms to this delightfully tender, goofy, and sweet tale. Watch out world, here he comes! The Hug Machine! Whether you are big, or small, or square, or long, or spikey, or soft, no one can resist his unbelievable hugs! HUG ACCOMPLISHED! This endearing story encourages a warm, caring, and buoyantly affectionate approach to life. Everyone deserves a hug – and this book!
If Kids Ruled the World by Linda Bailey and David Huyck
Publisher: Kids Can Press
Summary: This original, fun picture book delightfully describes, in hilarious detail, a small child’s idea of utopia. Every two-page spread offers something new about this fantasy life, including, “If kids ruled the world, every day would be your birthday! Birthday cake would be good for you. Your doctor would say, “Don’t forget to eat your birthday cake so you’ll grow up strong and healthy! And, “You could go to any kind of school you like! Circus school. Fairly school. Inventing school. Lots of kids would go to Recess school.” The topics that bestselling, award-winning author Linda Bailey has chosen are pitch-perfect for young children, from bedtime and baths (none!) to pets and tree houses (lots!). And illustrator David Huyck’s detailed, brightly hued artwork is full of energy, joy and humour that gets right to the heart of every child’s view of the world. While this is a book that would happily be enjoyed from cover to cover, it’s not hard to envision an enthralled child spending long stretches of time daydreaming about one particular scenario. In the classroom, this book would make an excellent springboard for art projects or creative writing assignments that explore children’s own unique image of the perfect world. Particularly gratifying is the emphasis throughout on sharing all the good things brought to life in a world of a child’s own making. This book is a truly exuberant celebration of childhood, play and imagination. It’s sure to be a classic.
Little Elliot, Big City by Mike Curato
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co.
Summary: Amid the hustle and bustle of the big city, the big crowds and bigger buildings, Little Elliot leads a quiet life. In spite of the challenges he faces, Elliot finds many wonderful things to enjoy – like cupcakes! And when his problems seem insurmountable, Elliot discovers something even sweeter – a friend.
Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry and Tom Lichtenheld
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Summary: When Stick rescues Stone from a prickly situation with a Pinecone, the pair become fast friends. But when Stick gets stuck, can Stone return the favour?